Young Griffith dancer gives royal performance

SIX young Aboriginal dancers took to the stage at the Opera House for the royal family's civic reception.

ROYAL TALK: Princess Kate talks to the six dancers after their performance.

ROYAL TALK: Princess Kate talks to the six dancers after their performance.

Among them was 16-year-old Griffith school boy Cody Cosson, who has only been dancing for three years.

"I was the only one from Griffith," he said.

"There were three from the Sydney Newtown area, one from the Blue Mountains and one from Newcastle.

"I think we were chosen because we'd been in Bangarra before."

Bangarra Dance Theatre is Australia's leading Indigenous performing arts organisation and it has partnered with the NSW Public Schools Aboriginal Dance Company to provide 28 talented students with the opportunity to learn from the best each year.

Of those 28 dancers, only six were chosen to perform in front of the royal family and Cody said it was a huge honour.

The group performed one dance for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge before Prince William addressed the audience.

Afterwards, Cody said not everyone got to meet the royal couple but one by one the dancers got to shake their hands.

"Kate shook our hands, said hello, asked our names and how long we'd been dancing for," Cody said.

"Before she left she thanked us for the dance and said it was lovely.

"Will then said hello and shook our hands and it meant a lot to get that opportunity."

In the coming months, Cody has three more high-profile concerts to perform at, including one on May 28 at Australian Technology Park in front of 1000 guests.

While he was a member of the NSW Public Schools Aboriginal Dance Company in both 2012 and 2013, he is waiting to hear if his 2014 audition, in which he was up against more than 700 hopefuls, was successful.


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